Die schwarze Spinne

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    Totenheer writes history.... More precisely: Totenheer set the novella "The Black Spider" by Jeremias Gotthelf from 1842 to music with 14 songs. The story tells of farmers in slavery in the 13th century in the Emmental. Under the threat of death, the tyrannical bailiff forces them to plant a hundred full-grown beech trees on the castle hill in no time at all. In their distress, they gave the order to the devil. As a reward, the devil desires nothing much, nothing more and nothing less than an unbaptized child. In a wild and stormy night, the devil fulfills the order. The peasants, however, try to trick him and cheat him out of his wages. But his revenge is terrible: the devil sends them the black spider, a symbol of the plague. The 74-minute concept album begins with dulcimer sounds that underline the scene as unison. This finally changes the mood ominously. The album offers powerful, brute and dark sounds to a primal human fear. Old legends of the past are transformed into a parable-like narrative about Christian-humanistic ideas of good and evil.

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    Totenheer writes history.... More precisely: Totenheer set the novella "The Black Spider" by Jeremias Gotthelf from 1842 to music with 14 songs. The story tells of farmers in slavery in the 13th century in the Emmental. Under the threat of death, the tyrannical bailiff forces them to plant a hundred full-grown beech trees on the castle hill in no time at all. In their distress, they gave the order to the devil. As a reward, the devil desires nothing much, nothing more and nothing less than an unbaptized child. In a wild and stormy night, the devil fulfills the order. The peasants, however, try to trick him and cheat him out of his wages. But his revenge is terrible: the devil sends them the black spider, a symbol of the plague. The 74-minute concept album begins with dulcimer sounds that underline the scene as unison. This finally changes the mood ominously. The album offers powerful, brute and dark sounds to a primal human fear. Old legends of the past are transformed into a parable-like narrative about Christian-humanistic ideas of good and evil.

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lyrics

Drinnen im Hause aber,
sie freuten sich und hörten lange nicht,
wie das Vieh brüllte und tobte im Stalle.
Da verstummte der Jubel,
alles lief nach dem Vieh,
dessen Gebrüll erscholl über Berg und Tal.

Hier wie dort streckte der Tod das Vieh.
Zahllose schwarze Spinnen krochen über das Vieh,
das Futter, und was sie berührten, war vergiftet,
und was lebendig, ward bald vom Tode gestreckt.

Die Spinnen eine Plage des Bösen,
eine Mahnung, den Pacht zu halten.

In der Angst versammelten sie sich in einsamer Scheuer,
und Christine musste kommen und klaren Bescheid entrichten,
was sie eigentlich mit dem Teufel, verhandelt hatte.
Christine kam, verwildert, rachedurstig,
aufs Neue von der wachsenden Spinne gefoltert.

So erzählte Christine,
und die Herzen der Männer bebten,
und lange wollte keiner reden.
Nur einer stund auf und redete
kurz und deutlich:

Christine totzuschlagen,
so könnte der Grüne an der Toten sich halten,
hätte keine Handhabe mehr an den Lebendigen
Er solle zuschlagen, ihr sei es recht,
aber der Grüne wolle nicht sie,
sondern ein ungetauft Kind.

Man kam überein, das nächste Kind zu opfern.
Da erbot sich Christine willig dazu,
denn hatte man einmal mit dem Teufel zu tun gehabt,
so konnte es das zweite Mal wenig mehr schaden.
Man wusste wohl,
wer das nächste Kind
gebären sollte,
aber man redete
nichts
davon.

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from Die schwarze Spinne, track released October 18, 2018

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